As much as we use our smartphones to travel the Internet and stream music or videos, the words "unlimited data" sound really good. Almost too good. Which is why you shouldn't sign up for AT&T's new unlimited data plan without reading the fine print first.
Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid carrier, recently announced a new plan that it thinks will be impossible to pass up. Including fees and taxes, you can now get an unlimited (sounds promising) data, text, and voice plan for only $70 per month. For those who sign up for automatic billing the price drops to $65 per month.
Considering the nightmare long-term contracts can be, this seems to be a great strategy by Cricket Wireless. The plan even provides a $100 bill credit when customers switch to Cricket from T-Mobile, which has a similar, but slightly more expensive, Simple Choice Unlimited Plan.
However, before you make a switch that seems like a no-brainer, make sure you read the fine print. As expected, the alluring unlimited data promise comes with a setback. Cricket's download speeds on LTE are throttled to 8Mbps, and on 4G it's throttled to 4Mpbs.
That's not exactly slow, and fast enough for decent video quality, but AT&T's network is obviously capable of a whole lot more. With AT&T's average download speed of 20.8Mpbs it appears that customers who opt for this new unlimited plan are getting a little cheated.
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